yank

yank

[yangk]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously: Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.
noun
2.
an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.

Origin:
1810–20; origin uncertain


1. pluck, tug, tear.
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Yank

[yangk]
noun, adjective Informal.

Origin:
1770–80, Americanism; shortened form

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yank (jæŋk)
 
vb
1.  to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
 
n
2.  a sharp jerking movement; tug
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

Yank (jæŋk)
 
n
1.  a slang word for an American
2.  informal (US) short for Yankee

Yankee or (informal) Yank (ˈjæŋkɪ)
 
n
1.  derogatory often a native or inhabitant of the US; American
2.  a native or inhabitant of New England
3.  a native or inhabitant of the Northern US, esp a Northern soldier in the Civil War
4.  communications a code word for the letter y
5.  finance a bond issued in the US by a foreign borrower
 
adj
6.  of, relating to, or characteristic of Yankees
 
[C18: perhaps from Dutch Jan Kees John Cheese, nickname used derisively by Dutch settlers in New York to designate English colonists in Connecticut]
 
Yank or (informal) Yank
 
n
 
adj
 
[C18: perhaps from Dutch Jan Kees John Cheese, nickname used derisively by Dutch settlers in New York to designate English colonists in Connecticut]

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yank
1822, Scottish, of unknown origin; the noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."
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yank definition


  1. tv.
    to harass someone. (See also yank (so) around.) : Stop yanking me!
  2. n.
    a Yankee; a U.S. soldier. (Usually Yank.) : I don't care if you call me a yank. That's what I am.
  3. in.
    to vomit. : Somebody or some animal yanked on the driveway.
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yank definition

jargon
(From the colloquial meaning "to pull suddenly") To insert a copy of some saved text at the current position in a document being edited.
The term is used in the Unix text editors GNU Emacs and vi but "paste" is more common elsewhere.
[Used elsewhere?]
(1998-07-01)

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